Islamabad : The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) launched the national proficiency testing services in collaboration with the National Physical and Standards Laboratory (NPSL) of Pakistan, a press release said on Thursday. These services are being launched to strengthen the quality infrastructure of Pakistan. The NPSL administers need to set up this facility for certification of export commodities and consumer items thereby facilitating the export market and ensuring availability of safe food and other consumer items to the general public, the press release added.

The proficiency testing scheme is vital for the further development of the quality infrastructure in Pakistan in line with international practices, the statement added.

The scheme aims to check whether overall performance of the laboratory reflects adherence to international requirements. The proficiency testing services will also work towards achieving international recognition by conforming to  ISO standards, the media release said.